Wildlife conservation: the role of traditional knowledge

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Let’s talk about World Wildlife Day! It was in 2013 that this special day was first announced by the United Nations General Assembly. It was first observed in 2014 and has since served as the official day to celebrate and raise awareness of the world’s wild population of flora and fauna. While the Convention for Biological Diversity (CBD) has its International Day for Biological Diversity, World Wildlife Day celebrated on March 3 annually, is observed in connection with the Convention … Read More

Voices of the communities

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Feedback on training and working with participatory video Between November 2017 and January 2018, the NRDDB Darwin Team visited four North Rupununi communities to provide training in participatory video techniques. The communities were Apoteri, Aranaputa, Fair View and Rewa. The training introduced participants to the techniques used on capturing and editing videos. The participants then got the chance to plan, capture and edit short videos on a topic of interest. On completion of the training, two persons were chosen to … Read More

Traditional Knowledge in Guyana: Let’s talk about Wetlands!

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Celebrating World Wetlands Day 2018 As we join the world in observing World Wetlands Day, let us reflect on the important role they play in supporting and maintaining healthy ecosystems that contribute to human health and well-being. We need to also recognizing the significant linkages of these unique ecosystems to the life of Indigenous peoples and their role in helping to protecting them through traditional and cultural activities. Traditional Knowledge in Guyana: Let’s talk about Wetlands! Guyana, as ‘Land of … Read More

Traditional knowledge challenges and community owned solutions

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Exploring issues and opportunities Building capacity was not the only activity the local North Rupununi District Development Board team was engaged in during their visits to the communities of Apoteri, Rewa, Aranaputa and Fair View. The team also worked with community members to explore the challenges they believed they were facing when it came to their traditional knowledge. The villagers were asked to work on two main tasks. The first was to identify challenges to traditional knowledge related to both … Read More

Building capacity in participatory video in the North Rupununi

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First phase of community engagement on traditional knowledge and protected areas kicks off One of the main goals of the Darwin project is to build the capacity of community members in documenting community owned solutions through the participatory video technique. Over the course of the last four weeks – 19th Nov to 16th Dec – the North Rupununi District Development Board project team, supported by Claudia Nuzzo of the Cobra Collective and Deirdre Jafferally of the Ministry of Indigenous Peoples’ … Read More

Getting Creative

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Videographic training at Bina Hill, North Rupununi, Guyana Claudia Nuzzo, participatory video expert from the Cobra Collective, joined the North Rupununi District Development Board (NRDDB) Darwin Team at Bina Hill, North Rupununi to work on their video and editing techniques before they head into the communities to begin community research and build local capacity. The NRDDB Team, who previously worked on the COBRA Project, are using this opportunity to build their repertoire in how to edit more dynamic videos, as … Read More

Free, Prior and Informed Consent Process begins in the North Rupununi for COBRA 2.0

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The team from the North Rupununi District Development Board began visiting the communities of the North Rupununi District to introduce a new project that is of much interest to the communities. Dubbed COBRA 2.0, the project entitled “Integrating traditional knowledge into national policy and practice in Guyana,” began implementation on 1st July 2017. The project aims to address the goal of Aichi Biodiversity Target 18 which looks at developing a national action plan and process that would allow for the … Read More

Developing a theory of change for traditional knowledge and conservation

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First partner meeting in Georgetown, Guyana The Darwin Initiative inception meeting took place on the 6th September 2017 at the Ministry of Indigenous Peoples Affairs and gave project partners a first chance to discuss the key aspects of the project face-to-face The meeting was also attended by Minister Sydney Allicock, who had insightful comments and inputs into the project goals and impacts. He emphasised the importance of using more locally, Indigenous owned words to describe the project, particularly relevant to … Read More

Darwin Initiative project launched in Guyana

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British High Commission hosts launch of project in Georgetown At his residency in Bel Air, Georgetown, British High Commissioner Greg Quinn began the evening of presentations and video screenings, followed by project partners, and culminating with Minister of Indigenous Peoples Affairs, Sydney Allicock, emphasising the need for a national plan for traditional knowledge, a key output of the project. Read media reports of the event here: http://gina.gov.gy/integrating-traditional-knowledge-project-officially-launched/ http://demerarawaves.com/2017/09/05/guyanas-indigenous-amerindian-traditional-conservation-strategies-may-be-shared-with-guiana-shield/ http://www.inewsguyana.com/integrating-traditional-knowledge-project-officially-launched/ See article in Stabroek News:  

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